Welcome to the Political Science Department

Penn’s Political Science Department is experiencing a renaissance. Over the past decade, our faculty has grown by 50%, an increase in quantity that has been matched by gains in quality. The strength of our faculty in each of four major subfields is being built with an eye to excellence embracing a variety of approaches and methodologies.

Welcome to the Political Science Department

The department’s combination of distinction and diversity has resulted in a rapid expansion of the undergraduate program and a newly invigorated Ph.D. program. Our faculty and graduate students play key roles in numerous centers and organizations across Penn’s campus whose missions bear on topics of interest to political scientists.

Welcome to the Political Science Department

We hope you will explore the website for a glimpse into the variety of our programs, activities, and classes, as well as an introduction to the accomplishments of the people who comprise the Political Science Department at Penn.

News & Announcements

Grossman Awarded NEPS Medal for Best Paper

Professor Guy Grossman's article "The Political Legacies of Combat: Attitudes Toward War and Peace Among Israeli Ex-Combatants" (with Devorah Manekin and Dan Midownik) was awarded the Network of European Peace Science medal for best paper published in 2015.    

Gottschalk Book Cited in Utah v. Strieff

Professor Marie Gottschalk's book Caught: The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics was cited in Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s scorching dissent  in Utah v. Strieff decision last week on police stop and frisks.     

Levendusky quoted in The Atlantic

Professor Matthew Levendusky discusses the prospects of a potential Trump TV channel with The Atlantic.

Levendusky in Fortune on Sanders’ Voters

Professor Matthew Levendusky examines how Bernie Sanders' supporters are likely to vote in the general election in Fortune.       

University of Pennsylvania
208 S. 37th Street, Room 217
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6215
Phone: (215) 898-7641

Anne Norton Chair
Matthew Levendusky Graduate Chair
Marc Meredith Undergraduate Chair